This post is probably not going to win me a popularity contest, especially if you love your coffee, but if you’ve been struggling to lose weight, then you might want to stick around to hear what I have to say.
Because weight loss is not all about what you eat, but also what you drink.
Now for the purpose of this post, I going to be focussing on coffee, or more specifically caffeine, which let’s face it, can be a saviour for many who work 24/7.
I also want to point out that I’m referring to those who drink copious amounts of coffee a day (as opposed to just 1 or 2 cups), otherwise known as “chronic coffee drinkers” along with those who consume a lot of energy drinks because the caffeine (and sugar content) of these energy drinks are usually off the scale!
Whilst I’m sure you can all appreciate that caffeine can be a saviour at keeping you awake, it may not be doing the same for your waistline, especially if you drink it continually, and here’s why:
1. Each time you drink (or eat) anything that contains caffeine, it stimulates the nervous system to trigger the release of stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol, leading to an elevation in blood sugar.
Why is that a problem?
Having elevated blood sugar when you’re facing a life or death situation is actually a good thing, because it triggers the pancreas to produce insulin, helping to move this glucose out of the blood and into the cells and muscles where it can be used as a source of energy so that you can run away or “escape” from this impending threat.
The trouble is, you don’t actually have to run away from anything, (thankfully), after drinking a cup of coffee.
You’re perfectly safe. Sitting at your desk doing your thing. Answering emails, taking phone calls … whatever it is for you.
In today’s podcast episode, we’re talking all things chrononutrition with Dr Jonathan Johnston from the University of Surrey, in the United Kingdom. Dr Johnston is a world expert and researcher in the field of chrononutrition, and has led many studies looking at the links between circadian, metabolic and nutritional physiology including the analysis of timed meal effects on the human circadian system.
This topic of chrononutrition is particularly relevant for shift workers given when we work irregular hours or 24/7, we tend to eat 24/7 however the way in which your body digests and processes food, depends on what time of day that you eat it.
After many years of writing on and off, my new book – ‘Too Tired To Cook: The Shift Worker’s Guide To Working (and Surviving) In A 24/7 World’ has finally hit the stores of global online book retailers, along with being distributed within bookstores around Australia.
In this podcast episode, tune in to hear all about the book, why I wrote it and what it’s all about – along with some of the 5-star reviews and feedback from people who have already read it since it was first launched just a few short weeks ago.
One thing I do want to make mention is that this book is written very much from the heart, as my soul intention for writing it was to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of some of the most misunderstood people on the planet – those being shift workers.
They’re back! Mike and Alison Bareham (whom I interviewed back in episode 60) just before they were about to head off on their adventure around Australia and the World, are back from their whirlwind trip!
Mike and Alison, who are based in Nerang in Queensland Australia, actually did what so many of us think about and dream about (especially after a string of crappy shifts) – that being throwing in their jobs to go travelling.
Tune in to hear how their trip went including:
-Why they decided to go travelling in the first place -The total number of flights undertaken, and countries visited -How their little motorhome got the name ‘Lucy!’ -Some of their most favourite places and memorable moments including a 46-hour train ride through India! -Their weekly budget, and did they stick to it? -What it’s like to be back home -Why they would recommend doing this before retirement – even if you still have a mortgage.
In this podcast episode I go solo and talk about insulin resistance, a condition that has been shown in the research that shift workers are at risk of developing, due to a multitude of factors.
Whilst most of us are aware that the type of food that we eat plays a key role in the regulation of our blood sugar, especially in the development of pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes – as you’re about to learn, sleep disruption and deprivation also play a big role.